Monday, November 26, 2012

Prim Pumpkins here and there

Suddenly I looked up and realized that there were cob webs in my ETSY shoppe. Not the cool spider webs, but the cob type that look a bit dusty. I sat down in the etsy shoppe and begged for her forgiveness.  I had not orphaned her ... she had always been on my mind.

I am offering a cyber Monday sale in my little ETSY shoppe until Wednesday evening. Just use coupon code PUMPKINMONDAY at the time of check out for 10% off everything.  Click here to visit the shoppe.

I also am offering Pinkis Pindle and her coffin keep on eBay.... click here to visit her

I have also adopted a new policy in my ETSY shoppe. If you feel drawn to a piece of art work please email me and I can set up a payment plan for you.  I will take heart in that my work is going to kind an loving homes!
xxoo Jennie

Friday, November 9, 2012

And the Giveaway winner is.......


Thank you for all of the comments on my blog as well as Facebook! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love offering a giveaway now and again.... each one is very special to me! Carolee, I will email you with details!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November happenings

A chilly November hello from Prim Pumpkin,

I have some news to tell you about! I have a giveaway going on over at my blog, I am giving away the art doll that was selected for the Spring Art doll Quarterly. She is a Topsy Turvy Prim Pumpkin and is a challenge piece for the magazine, inspiring other artists to create a topsy turvy and submit it to the next issue of Art Doll Quarterly. I will draw a name 11/9 for my topsy.

Miss Matilda is now available on eBay. Miss Matilda is a Cinderella style pumpkin, a rare and beautiful hue of pale white! She favors things that are rare and exotic as she is a bit different. She has one golden eye and one violet. Miss Matilda loves to dress up and her clothing is a testament to this fact. She boasts a whimsical skirt and a golden bodice with puffy sleeves. Her cloak is a warm shade of burgundy and is removable. A vintage gothic cameo graces her small pumpkin neck.

Matilda is a siting doll, she can stand with the help of a doll stand (not included)
Matilda is jointed at her elbow and her knee.
Three different kinds of vintage fabrics.
Two different shades of eye color.
Hand sculpted head- without the use of molds.
Fabric body
One of a kind, signed
16 inches tall, her dress is a bit longer that her legs.
Matilda's auction ends 11/9.
I will be the featured artist at the Pfatt Marketplace for November. This is a wonderful honor and I will offer two exclusive pieces at the Marketplace which opens at 1pm on 11/10.
Things are busy at Prim Pumpkin as we prepare for the holidays and for our new baby, due in early January! Things are not going to slow down anytime soon. I have a collection of 4 small ornament dolls that will be available before Christmas and drum roll........ I will be a featured artist at Dollirium in December. Dollirium showcases one-of-a-kind art dolls by international artists from around the world. Dollirium Art Doll Emporium is Canada's leading art doll gallery. Located at 1 Cliftonvale Ave. London, Ontario Canada.
Please email me if you have any questions about my work!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Topsy Turvy GIVEAWAY...Prim Pumpkin Style

I am sooo excited to offer a Prim Pumpkin giveaway! I love the idea of a giveaway, the general premise of commenting on a blog you follow and love and then all of a sudden a package is delivered from the postal Gods and you are gifted with something sweet... just for you!

Do you remember the spring issue of Art Doll Quarterly? It was an inspiring issue filled with amazing art.... and on page 106 my Topsy-Turvy Prim Pumpkin covered the page! If you flip to page 121, you will see that my doll was selected as a challenge piece for the magazine.  Art Doll Quarterly challenged doll artists to create their own version of a topsy turvy to appear in a future issue!

This is the doll I am offering!

Forever enchanted by the art of storytelling, I wanted to create a doll that was symbolic of a bygone era. As a child I played with a Topsy-Turvy that featured red riding hood and the big bad wolf.  I enjoyed the idea of a doll telling a story, flawlessly changing her identity and often circumstance with a flip of her dress.   Back then the purpose of my doll was play, but Topsy-Turvy dolls have quite a history. 

 Topsy-Turvy or upside down dolls originated on antebellum plantations depicting a black doll on one end and a white doll on the opposite.  This fabric art took on a folklore twist, evoking popular storybook characters such as Cinderella and her Stepmother or the spider and Miss Muffet . Topsy-Turvy’s are also related to Pennsylvania hex dolls used in casting spells.  One of the captivating aspects of this doll is the possibility to draw contrast.  One side could be rich and the other poor or one side good and the other side evil.  

As a doll artist I am always looking to stretch my boundaries and move from my comfort zone.    My goal was to create a whimsical pair, one giving the first part of a spirited Mae West quote and the other giving the second half.  As I began, I foraged through my vintage fabric stash and found some great pieces to create the dresses from.  I drew my own simple pattern for the creation onto the muslin, with the opening on the side for stuffing.  Keep in mind, the under of one skirt will be the top of the other.  I make my own clay, but you could use La doll or whatever is handy for you. They key is that it does not have to be perfect, just perfectly yours!

My Prim Pumpkin Topsy-Turvy does not shed light on social differences as and the originals; it merely brings a smile and evokes a longing for a bygone era.